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Not all "free agents" are highly paid athletes whose main skills are dunking a basketball or hitting a baseball. In fact, as Pink (contributing editor, Fast Company) reveals, over 25 million Americans are now self-employed, and fewer than one in ten works for a Fortune 500 company. This excellent work synthesizes the seismic shift in attitudes about and patterns of work in the economy from the early 1950s era of William Whyte's The Organization Man to today's independent worker, the free agent. Pink astutely summarizes what this major shift in the definition of employment now means to millions of Americans and explains the various types of free agents (including soloists, temps, and those involved in their own microbusiness). Other chapters cover examples of how self-sufficiency works so well for numerous life situations, while in many cases free-agency employment does not work well at all. This work may not be rooted in empirical research, but Pink's thorough review of the literature and his extensive roadwork interviewing hundreds of independent workers successfully merges psychosocial data with pragmatic reality. This major contribution to better understanding the trend toward independent contract work is highly recommended for all university libraries and larger public libraries. Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With Manpower, Inc., the temporary agency, the nation's largest private employer and one-quarter to one-third of American workers operating as "free agents," this author offers analysis of this "new economy" and advice on how to succeed in it. The Fast Company cover story that Pink, a former Gore chief speechwriter, wrote on the growth of "free agency" produced so much feedback that he traveled across the country with his young family to interview "America's new independent workers" for this book. Pink examines facts and figures, explores the roots of increasing free agency, and considers the new work ethic, employment contract, and time clock it generates. He outlines the structure of free-agent work and major disruptions (especially for involuntary free agents) and offers some predictions about how this new paradigm will affect institutional arrangements, including education, "e-tirement," real estate, finance, and politics. Pink understands how busy free agents are; each chapter closes with "The Box," which punchily summarizes the chapter's key points. Mary Carroll
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Would like to see this updated to include perspectives after the Great Recession.Published 1 month ago by Terry Shaw
many ideas provacative and helpful for the home-office, contemporary entrepreneur of today ...Published 11 months ago by Silver Bird
Product arrived a little later expected, but overall it matches the description listed.Published 12 months ago by Kelvin Cheah
Bought this at the same time I purchased "To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others". Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ryan
This fellow beat me to the punch, so to speak, because he all but took all the conclusions and musings I have been ruminating about the way our workforce has been heading, and put... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although written in 2002, many of the points raised in the book remain relevent to current socioeconomic developments. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by MarkMcD
The condition of Free Agent nation is better than the description given to me before I agreed to purchase. This is great, and will bring me back again.Published on October 14, 2012 by Gary
Daniel Pink is a very insightful author. I read his latest work, Drive, first and decided to go back to the beginning to understand his full argument. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Andy Vaughan
"Daniel Pink examines the world of work and how many of us still think about what a "Job" is... find a decent company; get health and pension benefits, move up the ladder; retire... Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by Amazon Customer